Mayor prefers new police chief have LMPD experience

Mayor Greg Fischer and Deborah Keeling of SPI
Mayor Greg Fischer and Deborah Keeling of SPI

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Mayor Greg Fischer has provided details on how the search for the next chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department will be conducted and the new leader could come with within the ranks of the department.

With the help of the Southern Police Institute in the search process, Fischer said Monday afternoon that he is looking for a candidate who has an undergraduate degree and at least three years in command experience.  Fischer also said they would prefer the next chief to have either past or current employment in LMPD.

There are four steps in the selection process. The first is citizen input. Each of the 26 Metro Council members will hold meetings. Input will also come from the Fraternal Order of Police and a 15 to 20 person panel of criminal justice officials.

In the second step the candidates will submit extensive papers discussing their leadership goals, crime and community policing.

Third, the Southern Police Institute will lead an assessment team that will narrow the candidates down to five finalists.

In fourth and final step, Fischer will interview each of the finalists.

"We will bring in 10 to 15 semifinalists and those individuals will go through face-to-face interviews," said Dr. Deborah Keeling, chair of the Department of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville, "And we will develop seniors for them to respond to into which we will incorporate specific issues related to Louisville and the community needs and community expectations for policing."

Community activist Christopher 2x says the mayor is doing what he promised:  Letting everyone have a voice in the decision.  " I hope they look for that leader that would at least show by example and they want to create that working relationship between the community and the force," 2x continued, " it's going to be that great motivator from within to let those who are in the rank and file know that it's about teamwork."

Fischer said an interim chief will be selected by the end of November and will shadow the outgoing chief, Robert White, during his last week of December 6. Fischer hopes to have a new chief in place by April.

Many names have been circulating as candidates, such as Rick Sanders, currently chief of the Jeffersontown Police Department; Buddy Dumeyer, a former captain with LMPD; Steve Conrad, a former LMPD assistant chief; Troy Riggs, who served as White's former chief of staff and who is now chief in Corpus Christi, TX.

In saying that his preference would to have someone with past or current experience with LMPD, Fischer said challenges White faced nine years ago of bringing two separate departments together into one unified merged unit no longer exists.

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